Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu has explained that Member of Parliament for Fomena, Lawrence Asiamah will lose his position in parliament as the 2nd Deputy Speaker in he decides to align with the NPP faction in parliament.
He explained that the constitution does not provide for two Deputy Speakers to belong to the same political side in parliament.
He explained that the 1st Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu was a member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) faction in parliament for which reason.
According to Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, a by-election will be required if the Second Deputy Speaker makes such a decision adding that it amounts to cross-carpeting.
He said “If he elects to be an MP on the ticket of the NPP, it will amount to carpet crossing and that will result in a by-election.
If he succeeds, he cannot be a deputy speaker because the constitution provides that the two deputy speakers should not come from the same party.
In that case, he will lose his Speakership,” he stated during a press conference in Accra.’
In other development, Justice Kwasi Anim, the Chief Justice of Ghana has expressed his willingness to probe into allegations made by the Member of Parliament for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak Mohammed, alleging that a Supreme Court Judge attempted to bribe some parliamentarians to influence the pattern of votes during parliamentary elections to elect a Speaker of the House.
In a press statement signed by the Judicial Secretary, Justice Cynthia Pamela Addo, the Chief Justice noted that he will be seeking the assistance of the person who made the allegation to enable him to probe further into the matter. The statement read in parts;
By: Edwin Abanga